Why? A break is career defining, not career defeating.
My alarm goes off at 0715 every day (which I know isn’t early) and from that piercing tone I start a daily routine. I get up, shower, have breakfast and then get into my car to drive to work. The drive is only 13 miles but usually takes just over an hour on a good day. While stuck in traffic I usually look to either side of me and see people stuck in the same routine as me. When I get to work I walk past the same people every day standing around the mailroom having the same moan as the day before. I sit at my desk and see the same people walking past my door at the same time each day to get their breakfast or a coffee. No one seems to interact but just be in their own world which is unlikely to change.
Surely there is something more to life than this?
I have done as society expects…I went to a good school followed by university and then a law conversion course to be in a position to start work. I have been working in a law firm for nearly 7 years and been a qualified solicitor for nearly 5 years. I thought the life of a solicitor would be more glamorous. Being woken at all hours and having to go to a police station to defend a client is only exciting for the first few months however interesting some of the cases are.
I sit at work often asking myself “can I do this until I retire in 35 years’ time?”
When the answer is always no I knew it was time to do something about it!
I have always wanted to help people and make a change and not simply fit into a life that society dictates. It’s easy to lose perspective of what is important in life when you are surrounded by routine, deadlines and other people’s rules and agendas.
After talking to Juliette about how I felt I wanted to do more and make a change in the world she explained that she felt the same way and that is when we decided to take a career break.
It does sound crazy to call it a ‘career break’ only 7 years into a career but now seems like the perfect time to go. It is perfect as we do not have a mortgage, children or any pets. If we didn’t take a career break at this point in our lives I feared that I would find myself 20 years on doing the same job feeling the same and asking myself ‘what if?’
There is one what if question that does worry me in making this decision – What if I can’t find employment when I return? After much consideration of this question I have come to the conclusion that the reasons to take a career break outweigh the reasons not to.
When talking about taking a career break to people the usual replies are all What if questions too:
During the career break I hope to achieve a number of things:
When considering a career break you must remember: a career break will either reconfirm the path you are currently on or it will drive you to make lifestyle changes. It’s win-win!
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